20th July: Schools Out...
Well my GCSE'S are finally over and I now have 11 weeks holiday! It's been a tough couple of months but I'm glad it's now finally over and I can play ponies all summer...
The week after exams I attended Cheshire county show where me and Gambler were crowned Novice M&M WHP champions giving me my first ever win at a county show on home turf. It was a long hot day and the flies were horrendous but one product that helped me through the day was Lincoln fly repellent. The powerful long lasting formula made it so my horse wasn't getting 'eaten alive' by pesky horseflies and midges. I found this spray highly effective throughout the day making it so my horse was more comfortable and less irritated while in the ring. The spray made no effects to my horses coat and made it so he still looked shiny and ready for the ring, this is a bonus as I have known for some fly sprays to dry and make the coat of the horse the dull, ultimately not giving them that finished show ring look. Has this ever happened to you? Due to the fly spray being powerful not much of it is needed so the solution is very long lasting, being well worth the money. This repellent spray contains DEET and the new generation fly repellent PMD, making it stronger than other fly sprays.
The bottle I used (1L) also contained both direct and indirect squirt nozzle, making it so I could get it onto all parts of my horses directly, without missing patches. This was also a great feature as one of my horses doesn't like being sprayed so the indirect, wider nozzle covered his body in less sprays without irritating him to much. This is a must have item to have during the summer months and fly season.
13th March: Tumeric in focusWell what an exciting few weeks I've had. Getting my mock results back was way more nerve wracking than I was anticipating but I survived... thankfully! And selling my horse Remy was very sad however he's gone to a fantastic home and will be representing Great Britain in para dressage in time to come. Onto this blogs topic - Turmeric
10th February: Sealskinz Set the Standard!
Excellent value for money
Some designs maybe slightly bulky for some people's riding preference
Sizes tend to be on the small side
Well where do I start... After a busy week doing my mocks this was just the thing to make me happy when playing with the ponies on the cold nights after school. Warm hands. Ahhhhhh! There's lots of choice when it comes to gloves and it's quite a task to find a pair that has kept my hands warm and dry but flexible enough to ride in. And I've found just the pair! For a couple of weeks now I have been riding and carrying out yard duties in the "Ladies Performance Competition Riding Gloves" they have done exactly as the packaging states, from stable chores to riding these gloves have proved to be a class act!
I have never had cold hands since and they have kept my hands toasty whilst riding. Cold hands no more! You don't need to take them off whilst filling buckets of water or soaking hay either as they are fully waterproof. How fantastic, don't you think? With great insulation, they are lightweight and breathable and have curved fingers to give the best fit. As they are made specific for girls/ ladies the sizes are slimmer around the wrist and palm. Just in case you don't know your glove size, to get this right, you measure around your knuckles of your writing hand. The size you measure is your glove size. If you measure 8" like me then you are a large. Being told by glove experts, that if your gloves are too tight this might make your hands feel cold, so if your not sure you should go up a size. Are you gloves to tight? You can either check out the size chart below or pop into the Hope Valley store to try them on.
23rd January 2017: Welcome to Ellie's Blog!
I have been given a fantastic opportunity to become Hope Valley's new blogger.
Throughout the up and coming months during my blogs I will be keeping you up to date with the latest products on the market, giving some of these products a go and letting you know my thoughts as well as letting you be the first to know about special offers, competitons and amazing deals!
A little bit about me and my four legged friends... This year will be a busy one for me, as well as my exams, I will be out completing with both my horses. Gambler in HOYS and RIHS whp classes as well as lots of Dressage, Pony Club and ODEs and Remy who I do British Dressage with, aiming to qualify for the Regionals and Nationals. Fingers crossed!!
I hope you will enjoy reading my blogs as much as I will writing them. Feel free to ask me any questions and let me know if there are any particular products you are interested in finding a bit more about and I will do my best!!
So first up, just what everyone needs in these chilly tempetures... Sealskinz Gloves! I'm going to put a pair of Performance Competition Riding Gloves to the test this week, keep an eye on the Hope Valley Facebook pages for my next blog and see if they did keep my hands warm and dry!
(And here's a couple of pictures of me and my beautiful Boys!)